By Chi-hao James Lo ,The China Post
Renowned London-based weekly magazine Times Higher Education (THE, �����h�����Ш|) today published its second Annual Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) & Emerging Economies Rankings for universities, stating that Taiwan remains the second strongest nation with quality schools of all developing countries after China. Acclaimed as the only independent ranking for universities in BRICS and 17 other emerging economies, the statistics revealed that though Taiwan’s position remains solid, it has lost ground overall on the list. The data was reportedly based on the same comprehensive range of 13 performance indicators that are used to produce the highly regarded THE World University Rankings. However, as the criteria for BRICS and other emerging economies require different standards, the indicators have been recalibrated to reflect the character and development priorities of schools in the said nations. Fifteen universities from 18 countries are reportedly featured this year following an analysis of 22 countries that have been classified as emerging economies by the FTSE. Following the collection of statistics, institutions from Chile, China, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey were listed to enter the ranking for the first time. According to the ranking, China has dramatically cemented its position as the strongest of all emerging economies. The ranking states that China’s current standing matches the country’s growing economic dominance, which correlates with its rapidly improving universities that are increasingly able to match if not challenge their Western counterparts. Of the top 100 list of universities from the BRICS area and other emerging economies, China takes 27 positions to become the strongest nation on the list. This marks an improvement for China, as the country only had 23 schools included on the list last year. China’s Peking University (�_�ʤj��) and Tsinghua University (�M�ؤj��) have retained their status as the top two universities on the listing.